Despite emerging as a supernation, has earned the dubious distinction of reporting the highest number of honor killings and love-affair-related murder cases. The frequency of honor killings has been on the rise in the across all regions of India. The tragic death of Amboji Naresh, a 23-year-old man, appears to be the latest of a series of cruel honor killings that have shocked the state. Police allege Naresh was brutally killed by Swathi’s father and uncle because he had secretly married their daughter against their will that undermined their family’s ‘prestige’. While Swathi was a Reddy girl, Naresh is from a low-caste.
The brutal killing took place in a field owned by Srinivas Reddy on the night of May 2. “Swathi and Naresh, who had eloped to Mumbai, had come to Bhongir on that day. Swathi reached her home at 8 pm. After dinner at around 11 pm, Srinivas Reddy saw Naresh near his house on a bike. He and Sathi Reddy chased him on their bikes, caught him and took him to his field, where the murder happened,” said Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat. The police found that Swathi’s father had murdered Naresh, burnt his body, and disposed of the ashes in Musi River. India needs a strong law that will afford protection to self-choice partnerships and punish those who in the name of honor and tradition seek to obliterate that right.